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A trio of lightning bolts  from a powerful summer thunderstorm at sunset descend and strike a residential area of Tucson, AZ in this time exposure photograph .  The mountain ridge on the right is the northwest edge of the Santa Catalina Mountains..Awesome and intense thunderstorms with powerful gust fronts, heavy rain, hail and lightning are common over the Arizona Desert during the summer months. Southwestern weather patterns create thunderstorms by pulling the fuel, moist air, either from the Pacific Baja side or the Gulf of Mexico and mixing it with the dry hot air rising up from the heated desert floor. Lightning is beautiful, but dangerous.